Sunday, July 22, 2007

A Statement of Faith

My son was baptized today in the clear water of the Bitterroot River. When questioned why he wanted to make this public display, he said that he wanted everyone to know that he was a follower of Jesus, and that he wanted the people of the church to support and encourage him as he grows up to be a strong Christian young man.

It was a beautiful moment, more touching than I'd realized it would be. The church folk, young and old, were gathered on the bank of the river, some of the ladies sporting parasols to provide a little shade. The glaring sun reflected blindingly off the water and the bleached white rocky shore and the air temperature was nearly a hundred degrees, but still they stood, smiling, in support of my son as he proclaimed his faith publicly.

The pastor (in blue) and a member of the elder board stood with him in the water and spoke to him and of him like he was so much more than a boy of ten. And after the event was over, several of the men of the church came and shook his hand like he was one of them. They told him that they were proud of him and promised to pray for him and encourage him in his faith, as he'd requested. It was so cool.

The boy was flying high, in his quiet way that only his family can discern. We went out for ice cream afterward, the way our family prefers to celebrate any special occasion, and he was allowed to get whatever he wanted. The huge, chocolate-dipped waffle cone sundae took him quite a while to eat, but he cleaned up every last bit, with a smile on his face that lit the whole room.

He leaves for 4th/5th Grade Boys Camp at Utmost tomorrow morning and many of the godly men from our church, including both of the men who were out in the water with him, will be working there for the week. I pray that it will be especially meaningful for him this year, and that those men will make a special effort to invest in him.

Bless my son, Lord, as he strives to live for You. May he continue to grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with You.


Scott Lyons said...

Amen and amen.

Anonymous said...

We are thrilled that Nathaniel has chosen to take this step in his spiritual/life journey. What a moment! He's growing up in all ways.

alison said...

Very happy for Tano and your family.

How beautiful that he was baptized in the Bitterroot River.

Eagle-eye Di said...

Oh I think this is so wonderful.Tano,we love you and are rejoicing with you in your baptism.Our prayers are with you in your daily walk with your Lord Jesus Christ.I sat here seeing this post and felt such excitement for you and your mom and dad.I know what it meant for us to be with Hannah and Sarah when they were recently baptised.We love you.

Dan said...

This is the best post you've ever written--good news, indeed.

Anonymous said...

We are glad to hear about your decision to follow the Lord in baptism. I am very happy to see you have a deep interest in doing the things that please God.

Here is a big Hug from us.

Grampa Larry

AmberJ said...

What an awesome step of faith. And the post-picture -- he looks like he aged about 4 years!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tano. Keep going with Jesus.
Uncle Ed